Hereward Relay, EMAC 5 Mile Champs, Sportshall + More

The weekend of the 26th and 27th of November was a very successful one for Ryston Runners. We had success at Hereward, coming away with the win, as well as likely for the first time ever have 3 teams in the top 20. Malcolm Tuff and Lisa Pyatt came away with wins at the EMAC 5 Mile Champs. These performance are coming just in time for members to be put forward for the Annual Club Awards with the nomination forms being circulated from next week.

There was also other Road, Walk and Junior Sportshall action happening at the weekend.

Hereward Relay

Over 100 Teams of 4 Runners from all over took part in the March AC Hereward Relay when each team had to run 4 set legs from Peterborough to Ely. The Ryston First Team won by 31 seconds. This team was made up of James O’Neill, Callum Stanforth, Chris Balmer and Robert Simmonds. Callum Stanforth also came away with the Leg Win running 10.01 Miles in 1:03:22, 1 minute 40 seconds quicker than anyone else on that leg.

We had three in teams in the Top 20, which is great advert for the strength in depth in the clubs road running. Also there was outstanding effort by Juliette Meek, who due to a last minute injury to another team member ended up running both Leg 1 and 3.

1st Speedy Hares – 3:50:06

James O’Neill – 2nd – 37:51 (6.5 Miles)

Callum Stanforth – 1st – 1:03:23 (10.01 Miles)

Chris Balmer -2nd – 1:04:09 (11.30 Miles)

Robert Simmonds – 5th – 1:04:40

8th Bounding Hares – 4:05:16

Adam Matthews – 3rd – 39:39

Warren Armstrong – 10th – 1:05:53

Nic Bensley – 10th – 1:10:25

Simon Able – 15th – 1:09:19

16th Hungry Hares – 4:19:17

Paul Keaney – 16th – 43:22

Richard Watson – 22nd – 1:12:07

Neil Stapleton – 27th – 1:15:56

Adam Howard – 9th – 1:07:52

34th Hunting Hares – 4:46:59

Gareth Hunt – 26th - 45:23

Dan Pratt – 27th – 1:13:09

Kelly De-Gol – 89th – 1:34:21

Will Honeybone – 29th – 1:14:06

100th Elegant Hares – Ladies – 5:49:47

Juliette Meek – 64th – 55:13

Claire Emery – 102nd – 1:40:29

Juliette Meek – 96th – 1:38:18

Karen Smith – 92nd – 1:35:47

104th Silver Hares – 6:03:32

Kevin Howlett – 36th – 48:33

David Lane – 92nd - 1:32:43

Martin Hammond – 101st – 1:42:13

Mick Ennis – 110th – 2:00:03


Hereward Ultra

Three club members also covered the 39 mile relay course as individuals, with Lesley Robins achieving the highest placing, 3rd overall and first (only) woman, in 5 hours 48 minutes. Simon Levy finished 4th in 6:02 with Jeremy Navrady not far behind in 6:08.

EMAC 5 Mille Road Race

Saturday saw two Ryston Runners taking honours in the EMAC 5 mile road race championships at Wolverton, near Milton Keynes. Malcolm Tuff led home a very high quality field in the M50 category, with the first 4 all dipping under 30 mins on the flat but windy course. 29:09 saw him not only take the honours in this race but in the Championship Series overall. Lisa Pyatt recorded a PB by one second in claiming the W35 title, running the 5 miles in 36:19.

Sportshall League Match 3 of 3 Norwich

Some of the younger members of the club were in weekend action in the final Sportshall League match of the season at Norwich.

In the Under 11 Boys David MacQueen achieved success in the Standing Long Jump (1.97m PB) and Vertical Jump. The relay team of David, Malakai Took, Oakley Took and George Evans finished third in both Obstacle and 4 x 1 Laps. As a team throughout the series they finished 6th out of 12.

In the Under 13 Boys  Max Pike, Liam Clare and George Evans finished the season as the 5th  Under 13 Boys Team. Max's highest finish on the day was 7th in the 4 Lap. Liam jumped 1.99m to come 5th in Standing Long Jump and George threw 5.16m in Shot Putt.

Matilda Loram was taking part in her first ever Sportshall event and came away with a win in the Standing Long Jump with a leap of 1.83m. She also combined with the 3 Under 13 Girls, Maisee Loram, Bea Honeybone and Lily Teasdale, in relays. Maisee, also in her first Sportshall competition, ran well in the 6 Lap to finish 8th. Bea finished 6th in Triple Jump with 5.60m, Bea and Lily also finished 8th in the Paarlauf relay.

Bailey Took completed his efforts the Under 15 Individual Series, his highest finish of the day coming in the speedbounce.

Other News

-        On Sunday, while the majority of the club members competing were taking part in the Hereward Relay from Peterborough to Ely, Jeff Reed was making another attempt to secure himself the club’s M70 gold standard time over 5 miles. Despite recording a PB of 41:02 at Hatfield he just missed the target time by 12 seconds, so another assault is on the cards.

-        Also on the tarmac, Cath Duhig couldn’t quite find the gas to stay with the winning pace at the final Enfield Race Walking League fixture of 2016 , a 10K at Minet Park Cycle Circuit in Hillingdon, placing 10th overall and second woman in 63:40

-        Andy Smith tackled less predictable conditions under foot when competing the King’s Forest 20 mile race in 2 hours 59.